rodolpho 01/11/2012

Cort GB74 : rodolpho's user review

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So 4 string bass brand "Cort". For information and to calm those who think that nothing beats Squier / Fender, you just know that the current Squier are manufactured in factories Cort! Hihihi ...

made in Korea or Indonesia.
22 frets / neck screwed by four large screws (just in the mind of at G & L) / color OPN (wholesale natural! Veining with visible wood!).
Swamp ash body, maple neck and it seems t ...

For weight: 3.9 kgs on the scales! Therefore lighter than a conventional JB with 4.5 kgs (600 grams and less on the shoulders it feels after 4 h in concert!).

The pickups: Jazz Music bass side handle and double-sided easel pad man. Config found on a lot of Sandberg (JM4 memory).
For settings: a master volume (with push / pull), a micro scale, a double knob which increases the treble or bass (in particular active). Then switch 2: one can boost the mids and the other switches the humbucker in 3 positions, namely the first "row" of blocks, or micro split in two, and finally the second row of block .

The bridge is beautiful! it looks like something very high end. Although massive, with a beautiful dress and a super resonant notes.
Ergonomics are good, everything is easily accessible. The really positive point is that there is the key knobs for my taste. Of course, some people like there 35 buttons to be filled ... Personal the more buttons it is more complex to solve (this is only my review).
This bass is powered by a 9V battery (I have not had to change it, but it's soon as I!). The advantage over other models: the battery is accessible through a hatch, it simplifies change battery in full concert, and especially avoid leaving the toolbox each time you loose the battery!).
The disadvantage: in fact there is no protection between the battery and preamp! So if you reverse the terminals of the battery (9 V rectangular arch known), you toast the preamp!
The former owner of the bass preamp has toasted the original, so he installed a Seymour Duncan preamp on mine! Yes!

Well it's ok for the config?
More ...

UTILIZATION

The handle: initially it looks like a round of classic jazz bass (38 mm at nut!) And a C-shape standard! So if you have a standard jazz bass you should see you there! On my bass, the varnish is very nice and lightweight, making it the handle feels good in hand with a very natural touch wood, nice!
For access to acute: Substantially the same as a standard jazz bass.
Speed: There are brands quickly on this set, and after a few minutes, one begins to stroll over with ease. In the end I prefer it to a lot of bass. It is maple fingerboard with mother of pearl inlay and blinding around the key: the class!

For weight, I find quite acceptable. It can be worry-free for several hours. Ben is balanced.

Then the sound: We'll talk about now??!
In short: this bass fits all styles, for against it admits a preference for funk, slap, in short, all styles that require high accuracy in the game notes, and play percussion. If I were to give a general idea, I'd say this bass is "incisive." It comes in but is very clean, straight and full of punch especially really appreciated ...
It can growl like to run a very specific and deep groove.


SOUNDS

For me it's perfect! In addition to two other low passive "vintage", it is the excellent complement to the low but the oldest in the mind.
It is more "biting" shall we say ... The range of sound is huge!
We are going well with the sharp snapping pushed to very deep bass ideal to keep the house (just in the spirit of Toto).
What surprised me is that you can really catch the sound of Marcus Miller! To have owned, I can say that it is stunning! With serious bottom, treble at 50% and split the bridge pickup in last place is really close!
I know the likes of Marcus will jump ... And though they try it objectively!
What I love (and that's what made me crack!) It is the deep bass you can get with this bass without losing treble. The notes are well defined and can be heard in fine style!

Gripe: there is a level difference between assets and liabilities. It's not dramatic but it is stressed! I think this bass is really great when the preamp turned on! In liabilities, it is a good jazz / musicman ... passive!
Personally, I use it almost all the time running!
For amps, I use a preamp + headphone or my config stage: nothing to say, it sounds great everywhere!


OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a few days ...
Bass, I've had! around thirty ... The prestigious (4 Marcus Miller, Geddy Lee, Mayones, Sterling ... 5) averages (Squier Plow, JB ... or Fender Mex ...), the "original" shovels "unclean," the recent of vintage ... In short I had a lot between the legs! and all brands: Fender, Ibanez, Yamaha, Cort, Mayones, Aria, Leduc ...

This bass without being "the best" (in fact it does not exist! For every bass player has his own conception of the perfect coffee!), It is really very good. Sharp while being simple without being original, classic yet modern, beautiful without being a work of art ... An excellent low ratio Q / P. The low bass that can accompany the interim, until the semi-pro looking for a reliable robust and efficient. model outperforms a carefree Squier Classic vibe standard or a lot of Southwestern, even if the mind is not the same!

I hesitated between the JB deluxe and this one ... Well it without regret!
While Fender's easier to sell! But it's the only advantage I would say!
For the deluxe Fender Jazz bass is a Jazz bass with a preamp!
While this really takes 74 GB (including its micro config!) A different sound, I find more suited to a lot of situations.
Without wishing to denigrate Fender, it's a shame that people often stop to a brand to choose their instrument.

So I will play on "Cort"! So what??! On the one hand 99.99% of the public does not care royally (people listen to you for what you spend with your instrument! Not because the instrument is stamped "Alembic" or "Fodera"). On the other hand, what's important? Have a bass "sounds" or low "marketing"?
Sorry I am a musician, not commercial ...